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Primary Sources

Political Documents

Declaration of Independence: Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson and adopted after amendment by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.
Articles of Confederation: The Articles of Confederation
These articles establishing a confederation of the states (formerly colonies) were adopted by the Second Continental Congress on June 21, 1781.

Revolutionary War Documents

Battle of Trenton: Letter of December 27, 1776 from George Washington to the Congress.
In this letter the Commander in Chief of the revolutionary army describes the critical battle of Trenton.

Battle of Princeton: Letter of January 5,1777 from George Washington to the Congress.

In this letter Washington describes the period after Trenton and the taking of Princeton.

Treaties

Peace treaty between England and the United States: Final Peace Treaty of Paris of September 3, 1789.
This is the final peace treaty between England and the United States, signed at the same time as the peace treaty between England and France. The source is the Avalon collection, which has the successive versions and documents at the Avalon Paris Peace Treaty with notes by Hunter Miller.

Selections of Documents

Web Sites for Primary Sources: Primary sources for Colonial America and Revolutionary America and France
The Internet Modern History Sourcebook list many documents available online for the Colonial and Revolutionary periods in American history and in the Revolutionary period in France. The is a thorough listing.

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